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Bug Eyes are Beautiful!

10 Feb

 

 

 

 

 

If the eyes are a window to our souls, then these gorgeous compound eyes will surely win you over.

Each tiny facet (ommatidium) has a lens leading into a crystalline cone with light sensitive cells arranged like the segments of an orange. Individual eyes are insulated from others by a lining of pigment. The final image is a mosaic of light and dark dots, like the halftone illustrations in a newspaper. More ommatidia give a finer pattern of dots and a better resolution. Even so, the resolution of insect eyes is nowhere near that of ours: images we can separate at 60 feet would have to be one foot away to be distinguished by a honey bee.

These images were taken by photographer +Thomas Shahan . Checkout more insect macrophotography!

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Beauty

 

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